I’m not surprised that it is looking to expand beyond NFC and in-app payments, especially given that rumours are circulating that Apple is already developing a person-to-person Apple Pay feature. Apple has clear incentives here: a strong payments ecosystem attracts developers and companies, Apple Pay improves the user experience for buying things on Apple devices, and the company earns money from every transaction.
The Re/code report floats the idea of Apple Pay checkout coming to Mac as well, for desktop websites. Apple Pay’s conveniences are lessened in the absence of a fingerprint reader for the authentication. Perhaps, this is the year MacBooks get embedded Touch ID sensors.